Well I’d call this a good team-up. Though I suppose bitter rivalry to the death is a better way to put it, since Lee Jung-jae (The Face Reader) and Shin Ha-kyun (All About My Romance) aren’t exactly signing on to a buddy cop movie. There have been a few rumblings about the two leading men being courted for the same movie, and they’ve both confirmed the project, an action thriller called Big Match, where they’ll play enemies in a deadly game.
The premise is a mystery, by which I mean vague, mostly because they keep referring to the “big match” as a literal game, but don’t say what the game IS exactly. Lee Jung-jae stars as a martial arts fighter who suddenly finds himself framed for murder one day, and for reasons that escape me, he then throws every ounce of his will into this mystery game where he fights for his life and his brother’s. His character is described as a star fighter with an oddball sense of humor.
As for the game, they say it’s designed for the 0.1%, which is just more vagueness. It’s not a fight in a ring, because the game has an architect, which is the character that Shin Ha-kyun will be playing. He’s called Ace, and he’s the bad guy who uses cutting-edge technology to turn the whole city into a game board. I’m thinking it adds up to something like The Game a la Michael Douglas, but that’s totally a shot in the dark.
The project comes from writer-director Choi Ho of Go Go 70s, and is also courting pop star BoA to play the heroine in what would be her big screen debut. I caught her two-episode drama special Anticipate Love, and while the project wasn’t anything great, she was surprisingly decent and had a natural ease about her that I liked.
Big Match starts shooting in December for a 2014 premiere.
- Mystery Drama Theater 3000: Feeling (Neukkim)
- The Face Reader’s hilarious meta teasers
- Movie Review: The Thieves
- Teaser builds anticipation for crime thriller New World
- Shin Ha-kyun’s chase movie Running Man
- More stills from All About My Romance
- Leads cast for rom-com All About My Romance
- Daniel Choi and BoA’s sweet romance in Anticipate Love